Rumor: Ben Affleck's Batman Movie Might Be in Serious Trouble

Friday, 04 November 2016 - 5:38PM
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Friday, 04 November 2016 - 5:38PM
Rumor: Ben Affleck's Batman Movie Might Be in Serious Trouble
Over the past couple of years, the DCEU movies have seemed extremely promising, had great first trailers even, but then turned out to be complete creative flops. And there was always that one report that snuck its way into the media that claimed the movie was in trouble, but none of us listened. Now, a similar report is coming out about the Batman movie, and while it's too early to say whether it's in real trouble or not, this doesn't sound good at all.

American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis, while giving an interview with The Ringer, claims that he has heard rumors about the script for the Batman movie, and it's riddled with problems. Which wouldn't be so alarming at this early stage, except that the higher-ups reportedly couldn't care less:

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I was having dinner with a couple of executives who know other executives who are working on the [forthcoming] Batman movie, The Batman. And they were just telling me that there are serious problems with the script. And that the executives I was having dinner with were complaining about people who work on the Batman movie. And they just said they went to the studio and they said, 'Look, the script is … Here's 30 things that are wrong with it that we can fix.' And [the executives] said, 'We don't care. We don't really care. The amount of money we're going to make globally, I mean 70 percent of our audience is not going to be seeing this in English. And it doesn't really matter, these things that you're bringing up about the flaws of the script.' So I do think global concerns play a big part in how movies, and what movies, are being made, obviously.
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This is, of course, an unconfirmed rumor. By Ellis' own admission, this is a "she said that he said that she said" situation. But if there's any truth to this, it's extremely discouraging. For The Batman specifically, there's every chance that Affleck and Geoff Johns will be able to right the ship before production starts, regardless of executives' support. But it's disheartening to hear that just because Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad made money overseas, DC isn't taking any lessons from those failures to heart. This might all be the result of a game of "Hollywood telephone," but if it isn't, then we'll be very worried about the state of DC movies in the future.

The Batman is set to start shooting in spring 2017.
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